Informatics and Computer Science

The Informatics and Computer Science department offers undergraduate degrees in business informatics and computer science. Various graduate degrees are under development.

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Business Informatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field of study that combines computer science and business administration into one field. Integrating computer technology into vital business operations can provide a business with a competitive advantage based on innovative and superior application of information technology.

The Business Informatics major prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including systems analysis, application software development, web development, and database design.

Our curriculum is made up of courses designed to provide students with the strong technical background needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges. There is a wide variety of opportunities for trained and skilled professionals in every sector of society who can turn information into actionable knowledge.

Informatics is a rewarding and challenging field that allows for lifelong learning. Job opportunities are plentiful, and salaries are relatively high. The demand for informatics graduates is increasing faster than the general demand for most other fields of study. Job seekers with an informatics degree and strong communication and administrative skills are in increasing demand.

The ISU College of Business was the first college of business in Idaho to receive accreditation from AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in 1978. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, and means that ISU is able to continuously pass a strict set of standards that ensure quality.

Dr. Parker

I am Chair and Professor of Informatics and Computer Science at Idaho State University. I have been a faculty member in the College of Business since 1999, and I've taught CIS/Informatics classes as well as computer science classes. Prior to joining academia, I developed software systems for Conoco, Inc., among the top Fortune 500 companies.

I was selected the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year by the Associated Students of Idaho State University, and was recognized as an Outstanding Master Teacher by ISU in both 2011 and 2012. I also received the ISU College of Business 2002-2003 Outstanding Teacher Award.

I received the ISU College of Business 2005-2006 Outstanding Research Award, and in 2007 was awarded a Curtin University Research Fellowship in Perth, Australia.

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Teaching

The hallmark of my teaching is thorough course preparation and genuine dedication to my students. I have taught a wide range of courses throughout my many years of teaching. While I am comfortable teaching most topics, I particularly enjoy development-related courses, including any programming courses, web development, systems analysis and design, and database design and implementation.

Research

My research involves an ongoing exploration of the skills and knowledge that information technology graduates need and how they can be best prepared to obtain them. That research falls into three major streams:

  • Improved Teaching of Core IT Courses
  • Impact of Developments in Information Systems on Curriculum
  • Emerging Systems Development Issues

A discussion of my research is available in my Research Overview.

Recommendations

Because a good letter of recommendation is very time consuming, I can provide recommendation letters for only a select number of students.

A letter of recommendation is not a right, but rather something that a student may earn through academic performance and demonstration of excellent work ethic and good character. Simply requesting a letter of recommendation does not mean that the student will receive one.

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infoCS logoJoin the ISU Informatics and Computer Science Group on FaceBook here. It gives you the opportunity to network with professors and fellow students, and to view department updates, interesting IT-related information, and posts offering internship opportunities and job opportunities.

The Facebook page for the ICS ACM student organization can be found here. Every CS and Informatics major should be actively involved in this organization.